Problem Library

647ft2 → 968ft2
estimated completion
March, 2020

1288 15th Ave

A timeline documenting the design and construction of our office, library and gallery.


In late February 2019, after major flooding, we made the decision to proceed with a complete renovation of our space at 1288 15th Ave in San Francisco.

We will increase our footprint, by nearly half in the downstairs, remodel our bathroom, renovate the mezzanine office, and finish nearly all walls with pine paneling. We will install new lighting and reconsider how each bookshelf and piece of furniture is placed.

The intention of the space will remain the same, functioning as a community sanctuary, a gallery, a library, an office, and a material example of our outlook on the world.

Explore our renovation timeline below,
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Problem Library
Renovation timeline

Feb 2019 – ongoing

last updated: Dec 30, 2020

Feb 13, 2019

Massive rainfall floods the Problem Library gallery & offices.

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Apr 08, 2019

Collaboration with Envelope A+D begins.

Apr 23, 2019

Drawings are readied.

May 22, 2019

Permit from the City of San Francisco’s Planning Department received.

May 29, 2019

Our windows are covered. “May all beings be free from suffering.”

Jun 01, 2019

Decorative molding is demolished.

Jun 14, 2019

Partitioning wall is dismantled.

Post flood demolition at 1288 15th Ave

Jul 13, 2019

Bathroom walls are demolished and new sheetrock install begins

Aug 13, 2019

Wall in mezzanine office is partially demolished in preparation for floor-to-ceiling glass.

Aug 23, 2019

The mezzanine wall is fully demolished.

Sep 01, 2019

Upstairs office/mezzanine drywall is removed.

Sep 02, 2019

The partitioning wall is removed.

Sep 24, 2019

3440 ft. of 1″x12″ pine panels are delivered.

1288 15th Ave, Renovations October 2019

Oct 02, 2019

Drywall and lights are installed under the office mezzanine.

Oct 12, 2019

Paneling on the south wall goes up.

Oct 16, 2019

Paneling on north wall is completed.

Oct 25, 2019

New lighting fixture is put in place.

Nov 02, 2019

Glass paneling for mezzanine office is installed.